ANNOUNCING the line-up for Time and Tide

This is it! the final selection. It’s a complex process involving a lot of people making decisions, and there’s a way to go yet as we need to secure funding, but! here they are – congratualtions to all our poets, singers, authors and film-makers.

How do tides affect our lives? How has that changed through history?

Making a living on or by the sea – fishermen and pirates, wreckers and dockers – making a new life across the sea – escaping pograms and wars, and the endlessly travelling – to paddlers and wild swimmers.

Follow the links to individual venues for each lineup.

Clydebank

Greenwich

Hastings

Holyhead

Lisbon

Maryport

Peterhead

All performances take place on 21st December 2019, and anything physically written down will be published in the anthology Time and Tide

Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

Now in its 6th Year, Solstice Shorts Festival is once again being held on 21st December – and this year it’s a weekend, so we’ll be looking to fill an entire day (or at least noon to dusk) with short stories, poems and song.

The Theme:
It’s always about time – in the past we’ve done, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Dusk, Noon and just ‘Time’; but this year we are looking back, and picking up on a suggestion from the feedback from the very first festival.

This year our theme is

TIME and TIDE

We are looking for organisers and venues in port cities and towns – either on coasts or on tidal rivers. We already have organisers in London,  Holyhead, Glasgow, Maryport, Hastings and Aberdeen and in a dart into the international market, Lisbon, Portugal – let’s see how far we can take the festival this year. [Don’t be shy – it doesn’t need to be a huge complicated thing – if the idea excites you, get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. Nor do you have to keep going all day!]

We are looking for stories poems (including poem films/ film poems) and songs of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water so a particular interest in immigration, emigration, diaspora. We would like everything to have an historical slant (though that can be fairly recent history). There is a risk that this could develop a decidedly male voice so we would also like to pick up on the use of Time and Tide [wait for no man] as the title of the Suffragette magazine in the UK, and want to see lots of strong female characters and voices. We also want to see lots of strong BAME characters and voices, so spread the word to your female and BAME writing friends.

Your story/poem/song will be performed live by an actor (or you) at the festival – possibly on multiple sites. We try to live stream to Facebook (technology permitting). Subsequent publication in the anthology with royalties paid (this may include the lyrics of songs if appropriate.)

Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs / films maximum 5 mins

Closing date 21st June 2019

Songs can be traditional or original, and in any language, provided you send us an English translation so we can tell if it’s appropriate, and need to be performed by their proposer/writer (unless you have someone who can do it for you), so songwriters/musicians need to be able to attend one of the venues.

Story/Poem writers can be from anywhere but your story must be in English or BSL.

We will only accept non-English works if they are linked to a confirmed venue, so hold fire on those until we’ve tied up that side of things, and they must be accompanied by an English translation. Deaf writers can submit a video, blind writers can submit audio files.

No horror/erotica/gratuitous or sexual violence. We mean it, don’t send it.

CLOSING DATE
23:59
21ST JUNE 2019

via our submittable account only!

Dusk: Video – Rossendale – Song – Gaps Between

Sarah Grundy sings Gaps Between at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale for DUSK, the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017

DUSK: Video – Rossendale – Song – Magpie

Sarah Grundy sings Magpie at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale for DUSK, the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017

 

Dusk: Video – Rossendale – Song – Golden Shadow

Sarah Grundy sings Golden Shadow at The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale for DUSK, the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017

Dusk: Video – Redruth – Padstow Farewell

The Story Republicans perform Padstow Farewell

for DUSK at Redruth

BSL interpreted by Debbie Harvey

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the book, and the ebook only from us now! Not in shops until June

Dusk: Video – Redruth – Dusk is Dark

Katie Kirk sings Dusk is Dark

poem by Andrew Lanyon, set to music by Katie Kirk

for DUSK at Redruth

BSL interpreted by Debbie Harvey

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the book, and the ebook only from us now! Not in shops until June

Dusk: Video – Carlisle – Witching Hour

Nicola Reed sings Witching Hour

for DUSK at Carlisle

BSL interpreted by Karen Edmondson

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can preorder the print version, and buy the ebook, now!

Dusk: Video – Carlisle – John Chambers – Balcony

John Chambers plays Balcony

for DUSK at Carlisle

BSL interpreted by Karen Edmondson

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can preorder the print version, and buy the ebook, now!

Foxes Cafe

Dusk: Video – Warkleigh – Time Has Its Own Song

Sharon Lazibyrd sings her song composed for the event, Time has Its Own Song, at Courage Copse, Warkleigh, Devon

BSL interpreted by David Wolfenden